Monday, August 09, 2010
A snippet from WomansDay.com on Improved Brain Function......
Sure, you may forget your keys more often, but the latest research indicates that, as with a fine wine, age might actually be good for your brain. “In her book , Barbara Strauch cites research that shows that in our middle years—ages 40 to 65—we are better at solving problems because we can think more creatively and conceptualize issues in a more comprehensive manner,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, MS, PT, a psychologist in private practice in Wexford, Pennsylvania. “Our wisdom from years of experience helps us be more intuitive so we can quickly and more accurately size up people and situations."
Well of course I know being older has its perks... what I didn’t know is I’m still considered “middle aged” According to this article I have two more years before I’m official a senior citizen and that’s plenty of time to push that envelope and come up with another title I like better because that’s what us Baby Boomers do
My inner child still feels young… my outer self not so much. But the euphemisms used to describe women in their 60s and beyond don’t fit any more. I don’t care for these…. old woman, pensioner, geriatric patient, granny, silver brigade, the elderly, in my sunset or golden years, aged, old folk… Booooo
Lets find a more appropriate title to describe the new us as we grow older gracefully through a healthier life style.
Any suggestions fellow SP?
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Let’s face it diets do work. Keeping the weight off is the trick.
And I’ve tried them all… from as far back as my teens to as recently as the early 80s.
The 1980s???? You say!
Yes, I honestly have not been on a diet since I lost 125 pounds in nine months on a doctor’s monitored “Protein Sparing Fast” which was the latest and greatest weight loss program at the time. It appears to still be around but it’s been modified. Well I certainly hope so because a little behavior modification would have gone a long way IF, when I was done losing, I had been able to keep it off. It’s taken me 30 years to put it all back on plus another 50 pounds to boot… or should I say too booty!!! OUCH
The really sad part of this whole mess is the fact that I wasn’t over weight as a child, in my teens or my early 20s. I had body issues so I believed I was fat. While in High School mom and I would replace a meal with “Sego” See the pounds GO…. was their motto, in preparation for swimsuit season. We even had a “Stauffer Machine”… don’t ask, heh. Looking back I didn’t need to lose an ounce. In fact I was stunning. Tall, and naturally blond with blue eyes and big boobs. But I didn’t see me then. I saw a big boned girl who got her height long before her friends, who wore woman’s sizes a couple years before they did. I stuck out. I got a lot of attention from men who didn’t realize how young I was. I was uncomfortable in my own skin but I didn’t know why.
Then I gained weight with my first pregnancy… and who doesn’t??? And found that I wasn’t being looked at in quit the same way. I felt more comfortable blending into the background and after having another wonderful son a couple years later I held onto that weight too. But I still wasn’t terribly over weight. If I had lost those 20-30 pounds I probably wouldn’t have packed on the 100 pounds I gained after my husband died in 1975.
1980 was my watershed year. I lost 125 pounds got remarried inherited a beautiful daughter and was very happy. I had a miscarriage but conceived again within months and gave birth at 35, in mid 1982, to another precious daughter. Had maybe an extra 20 pounds to lose then… but I didn’t and slowly over the next 25 years it all came back and I’ve been in poor health for years now. My knees are shot and I’m on 4 high blood pressure medications. The less I did the less I could or wanted to do. I kept telling myself I can’t exercise, there’s nothing I can do to turn this around in my 60s. So I continued to use food to comfort the damaged child I was feeding inside me.
One day I realized I was literally killing myself, life was going on with or without me and I felt like crap. With my 63rd birthday approaching and my weight creeping up I decided I’d prayed on it long enough and I had to face the demons that I’d allowed to pack on the pounds. I really was afraid of what I might learn about myself... but fear was not going to hold me back any more. So I started “facing my stuff instead of stuffing my face” and instantly I began to feel better. I started eating to live instead of living to eat. I began loving myself more than food and the scale loved me right back. It’s been hard but a lot less painful than living the life that I was just months ago.
The demons are still a part of who I was that’s made me who I am but if I can’t learn from my mistakes then my journey was worthless. Loving myself was the key that has opened the door to a healthier life style and Spark People has become the vehicle I’m using to get there… so far I’m loving the ride!!
There's plenty of room for you too so please join me as we put the top down and crank-up the volume because its truly a "Beautiful Day"
Monday, August 02, 2010
65% on Trivia… Yikes that’s a D it’s humbling to find out that I don’t know as much about my health as I thought I did. They know so much more now about nutrition and exercise than they did when I was paying attention back in my college health class. The nicest part of the trivia challenge is the immediate feedback when you get an answer wrong…. I am learning a lot and find myself applying the new information through out my day. And every once in awhile I get a question I got wrong before and get all excited and shout “Oh, oh, I know this one!!!!” Just another c00l SP tool that’s fun and informative…. Check it out if you haven’t already. It’s worth 3 points too
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Early June this year found us praying our way as a family through a medical scare with my brother. God answered those prayers generously and now in solidarity as a family we have embarked on a “FAMILY FIRST HEALTHY CHOICES CHALLENGE” that runs from 6/21/10 to 9/6/10, and beyond for some of us, as we tackle weight loss, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking and exercise issues, as well as drug and alcohol dependencies and all the emotional baggage that goes along with any addiction.
My personal goal was to get below 300 pounds in those 11 weeks. Which meant I should lose 2 pounds a week. So I joined SP but was too embarrassed to put my true weight out there for everyone to see so I choose to use the weight loss ticker set for a 23 pound loss with the 6th of September as my deadline.
Our family challenge goal charts are weekly and include a place to calculate our weight loss percentage which has to be verified by our spouses.
Uh oh… I hadn’t told my DH what I weighed in decades so this was going to be another problem for me.
So the first issue I had to face when I joined SP was coming clean with my hubby about my weight. It really was hard for me but I did it and in doing so that one step has made each issue easier to face and erase. And as I continued to share shameful secrets like cockroaches they scurried to hide every time that light went on above my head. What I’m learning is they can only be eliminated if squashed by the truth, owned by their keeper, and acknowledged out loud.
Today, six weeks after joining SP, we are half way through our family challenge but I’m feeling 100% better and the physical and emotional improvements have been life changing.
I’m looking forward to adjusting my ticker on September 7th to proudly read what I weighed when I started SparkPeople and the 143 pounds I plan to eliminate along with the anger, guilt and shame due to emotional eating. I won’t have an end date in mind this time, I don’t care how long it takes. With the tools available and this wonderful community surrounding me how could I possibly lose faith in myself or the goals I’ve set?
SparkPeople lightens the load and illuminates’ the path towards a healthy life style.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works
And give glory to your father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
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